After eleven seasons in the NFL Joe “Hollywoood” Horn has retired as a member of the New Orleans Saints today after being signed to a one-day contract.
Horn’s desire to retire as a Saint comes as no surprise given the fact he found his greatest success there becoming one of the most popular Saint players of all time.
Also Horn expressed his desire to retire with the team during his induction into the Saints Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed to him in his first year of eligibility.
Horn played with the Saints from 2000 through 2006 making four consecutive Pro Bowls as a member of the black an gold. He holds several team records including the record for single season receiving yards (1399) and receiving touchdowns (11) as well as career receiving touchdowns (50).
Horn is also the Saints’ all-time leader in 100 yard receiving games with 27 and finished his career in New Orleans totaling 523 catches for 7,622 yards and 50 receiving touchdowns.
Beside his solid play Horn is probably best known for an elaborate post touchdown celebration during a 2003 game against the Giants when after a score he pulled out a cell phone from behind the goal post padding and made a call, view the video here.
Allowing Hollywood to retire with the Saints is a very class move on behalf of the franchise considering the rocky relationship between he and the club after his release. Horn has always been a bit of a talker and needless to say did not take the news of his release very well in 2007.
Regardless during his hay-day with the Saints Horn was clearly a fan favorite rivaled only by Saint great Deuce McAllister in terms of popularity and his retirement as a member of the black and gold is well deserved.
McAllister also signed with the team briefly last season before announcing his retirement.
For fans, the franchise and Horn himself at least it all ends where it started on a positive note and perhaps the next stop for Joe Horn will be the Pro Football Hall of Fame — I guess we’ll see.